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  • Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras To Offer Unique Array Of Exciting Guest-Pleasing Experience

    1/25/2019 10:14:22 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Carnival Cruise Line Mardi Gras


     Six Distinctive, Themed Zones Will Deliver the Fun Carnival is Known For, All Coming on Mardi Gras in 2020

    MIAMI (Jan. 25, 2019) – Carnival Cruise Line today revealed the first look at design details for the highly anticipated Mardi Gras, the line’s most innovative ship set to debut in 2020 and the first cruise ship in North America powered by LNG.  Mardi Gras will offer an extensive array of popular Carnival guest favorites along with new exciting experiences highlighted by six themed zones. Throughout the ship’s 20 decks and in each of these distinctive areas, guests will find fun, memorable ways to create their own personalized vacation with dining, libation, entertainment, recreation, and relaxation options.

    The accommodations on Mardi Gras will include more than 20 different stateroom categories and multiple levels of spacious and luxurious suites.  Mardi Gras will also include the most expansive open decks on any Carnival ship, and a spectacular atrium that will serve as the hub of the ship as well as a stunning focal point where guests will be welcomed on board.

    “When our guests Choose Fun and book a vacation on Mardi Gras, they are going to find many firsts and exciting experiences, all enhanced by the fun atmosphere our great Carnival crew deliver on every cruise,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  “We’ve specifically designed Mardi Gras to invite everyone to create their own personalized fun vacation experience with options to suit every age, mood or taste.”

     Six Exciting and Distinctive Zones Add to the Fun

                The six zones of Mardi Gras’ design will invite guests to stroll throughout the ship to enjoy new only-on-Mardi Gras features along with signature elements that have made Carnival America’s Cruise Line, all enjoyed amidst a festive, social and community-driven atmosphere with opportunities for guests to relax, recharge and reconnect with family and friends.  The six areas will be themed around Grand Central, French Quarter, La Piazza, Summer Landing, Lido and The Ultimate Playground and highlights include:

     ·       Grand Central (Decks 6-8, mid-ship): Creating a sense of wonder the moment guests step on board, the transformative Grand Central takes the traditional atrium concept to new heights, combining a day-to-night entertainment complex with spectacular three-deck-high floor-to-ceiling windows and a bar overlooking the starboard side of the ship that will be the perfect venue for socializing and people watching amid sweeping ocean vistas. Steps away are Bonsai Sushi and Bonsai Teppanyaki which are being expanded from designs on existing ships to reflect their popularity with guests.  There’s also the first-ever dedicated Punchliner Comedy Club where guests can enjoy nightly shows, and the always popular Piano Bar 88 for sing-a-longs that bring guests together in an intimate feel-good setting.

     ·       French Quarter (Deck 6, aft): In a nod to the New Orleans’ culture that combines lively entertainment with an unparalleled food scene, French Quarter will be lined with new bars, music and eateries that perfectly capture the festive spirit of the Big Easy. And since the spirit of New Orleans is so closely tied to the jazz scene, this neighborhood is linked via a two-deck-high promenade leading to a traditional New Orleans jazz club with live entertainment and refreshing hand-crafted libations. More details on these new dining and entertainment choices and the introduction of a new Carnival celebrity partnership will be revealed this spring.

     ·       La Piazza (Deck 8, mid-ship): At La Piazza, guests are transported to Italy where they celebrate the rich heritage of Carnival’s senior officers with authentic cuisine from the casual family-style Cucina del Capitano and 24/7 Pizzeria del Capitano to a new Mediterranean-themed seafood restaurant. There’s also a bar where guests can savor cappuccino by day or classic Italian cocktails at night, while roaming musicians keep everyone entertained.

     ·       Summer Landing (Deck 8, aft): Designed as the ultimate chill spot, Summer Landing will be home to an expanded Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse Brewhouse with smoked-on-board barbecue favorites created by longtime Carnival partner Guy Fieri, along with the line’s exclusive ParchedPig craft beers brewed right on board.  For outdoor summer-inspired fun, there will be a pool and whirlpools, a new bar, the lunch counter for the Smokehouse Brewhouse along with ample lounging spaces and hang outs, making this the ideal spot to enjoy all the fun that a Carnival vacation experience delivers.

     ·       Lido (Deck 16-17, aft): Carnival is already known for its varied casual poolside restaurants and Mardi Gras’ expanded Lido will take this to a whole new level with existing Carnival favorites like Guy’s Burger Joint, the New England-inspired Seafood Shack, and BlueIguana Cantina Mexican eatery, along with some new concepts to be announced at a later date that are sure to inspire foodie fans.

     ·       The Ultimate Playground (Decks 18-20, aft): The aptly named Ultimate Playground will span Decks 18-20 and offer guests amazing sea vistas as they soak up the sun and the fun in this spacious family-friendly play area highlighted by the largest and most elaborate Carnival WaterWorks aqua park in the fleet, along with an expanded SportSquare. The Ultimate Playground is also where guests will find the much-anticipated BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster, the first rollercoaster at sea announced in December 2018, where riders race along an 800-foot-long track achieving speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour.

    Mardi Gras will also incorporate all of the line’s most popular signature features from its nearly completed $2 billion fleet enhancement program that has brought a consistent level of experiences to the more than five million passengers who annually sail on Carnival, such as Alchemy Bar, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, and the Serenity adult-only retreat, among others – many of which will offer an exciting twist, along with a variety of new innovations exclusive to this vessel.

    Additional information on Mardi Gras, along with specifics on each of the six themed areas will be revealed in ways that are sure to amp up the fun factor in the coming months.

    Reservations for Mardi Gras’ itineraries will be announced and open for sale on Jan. 30, 2019. Carnival Cruise Line fans who want to be the first to book on Mardi Gras can get a head start by clicking here where they can register up until Jan. 27, 2019 to get a “first to know” alert and special promotional offer when reservations open.

    To learn more about Carnival Cruise Line, visit Carnival.com. For reservations, contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362. Carnival can also be found on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

  • How To Travel To Cuba

    1/19/2019 5:29:33 AM Link 3 comments | Add comment

    Traveling to Cuba is unlike traveling to any other destination in the world. You just can't book a flight-hotel and travel to Cuba. As a non-Cuban American citizen due to the travel restrictions caused by the United States Embargo against Cuba travel to Cuba is limited to people-to-people tours and regulated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign of Foreighn Assets Control (OFAC) under the U.S. Embargo. The result is the only American travelers that are going to Cuba have to obtain a license through the Office of Foreign Assets Control. (Cost about $75). Licensed travel is available for people to people tours, educational travel for businessmen, family travel for Cuban Americans with family on the island, religious travel, sports and agriculture.


    You Must Travel in a Group


    Under the people-to-people law, we are obligated to take travelers to Cuba in a group. However, even if you plannned on traveling to Cuba solo, being part of a tour allows you the opportunity  to travel with compatible people, while adventuring the island with our tour guides.


    The tour guides make sure you visit all of the well-known sites, as well as those hidden treasures that you may or may not been aware of. Regardless of where our travelers are from or their age, Cuban experts find joy in making everybody's experience an unforgettable one.


    Tyus Tours & Travel offers tours with everything included.  We book all the hotels, schedule all of the events, buses and hail all of the taxis. Group travel for people-to-people has many advantages over regular tourist vacations.  First, we're able to share our knowledge and take you to locations most tourist would never find or think of travelling to. This will give you a truly once in a lifetime experience that will make you want to return.


    There is Free Time for Non-group experience


    Full participation by our guests is required by the U.S. Department of the Treasuary's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). It requires that those traveling under a people-to-people license to participate in a full-time schedule of cultural exchange activities resulting in a purposeful interaction bewtween the travelers and Cubans. However, you will have free time to explore or entertain yourselves before the itinerary begins or after the scheduled activities are over. Not to worry our tours are packed with exciting and memorable adventures and activities that you wouldn't find on your own.


    Bring Goods To Donate


    Donations are a thoughtful gesture when visiting Cuba. While travelers shouldn't feel obligated to bring gifts to Cuba, it is important to keep in mind that anything you may to bring will be very much appreciated. Goods are scarce in Cuba and while Cubans are incredibly resourceful things like clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and toys will be gratefully appreciated.


    What to Bring


    When you're travelling international it is advised to bring prescription drugs in their original, pharmacy-issued bottles. Make sure to pack comfortable sneakers, bring a bathing suit or swim trunks. It is advisable to pack light clothers and hats for May through September as it gets very hot during the day. Long-sleeved shirts and light sweaters for the evening are more appropriate for October through April. For the evening bring a dresser outfit.




    It can be difficult to find specific items in a pinch because goods aren't as readily available on the island. Therefore, if you're accustomed to living a specific lifestyle you should bring all the comforts needed.


    Suggested Goods are:

    Sunblock, sunglasses insect repellent contact lens solution, toilet paper or tissues for public restrooms, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, dental floss, bandages creams and ointments, toothbrush, reading materials, cigarette lighters, compact umbrella, light rain jacket, feminine hygiene products, over-the-counter drugs, hair dryer, shaving cream and razor.


    Laundry Services or Dry Cleaning


    The higher rated hotels (4 stars and up) offer laundry and dry cleaning at a reasonable price.


    Things you need to know


    Credit and debit cards issued by an American bank will not work in Cuba. Cash is required. You may exchange your U.S. Dollars for Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) upon arrival in Cuba.


    There is no service for U.S. cell phones in Cuba and callng from Cuba is very expensive. Hotels have internet service available for a fee. However please be aware that service is less reliable and internet speeds are slow.


    U.S. travelers are allowed to bring home up to $400 USD worth of good acquired in Cuba for personal use. Please be aware that no more than $100 USD of the merchandise may consist of alcohol or tobacco products.


    Please note: the hotel check-in process takes longer than in the U.S. .Each guest may be asked to fill out a form with additional information as some hotels require a copy of your passport information upon check in.


    Cuba is a country that has been inaccessible to Americans for decades and it is important to go into the Cuban experience with an open mind and make the most of every moment. The increased interest in Cuba has placed heavy demands on limited resources and infrastructure which may result in lower standards of hotels and amenities than you're accustomed to. Temporary power outages, low water pressre, limited air conditioning are not uncommon in Cuba.


    It is important to remain flexible as some changes to the itinerary may be necessary while on tour due to situations beyond our control. Keep in mind, the purpose of this trip is to have meaningful interactions with the locals. Many places you will visit are not typical tourist destinations and thus are not always accessible. If a planned people-to -people exchange isn't available, it will be replaced with another one just as enriching and your full people-to-experience will be preserved.


    These are exciting times in Cuba your travels to Cuba is both historic as well as culturally diverse. For more information on Cuba tune into "Its Your Time 2 Travel, February 5 or February 19, 2019 at 8 pm on talktainmentradio.com or bit.ly/Sxlinr for additional information.


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  • Mickey And Minnie's Surprise Party At Sea

    1/3/2019 4:24:00 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Mickey and Minnie's Surprise Party at Sea is a celebration that will take place one afternoon on the Disney Fantasy's popular seven-night itineraries. You can join favorite Disney characters for some fun in the sun as they celebrate Mickey's 90th in style, complete with special costumes and a song made just for the occasion-"Its a Good Time".


    And of course, what birthday party would be complete without food! This celebration is all about Mickey, and the food is no exception-you will enjoy Mickey ice cream bars and Mickey pretzels, while a specialty drink in a cup shaped like (you guessed it) Mickey will be offered.


    That is just the beginning of the fun to come at Mickey and Minnie's Surprise Party at Sea, as there will be many more surprisies in store this summer on the Disney Fantasy.

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